India in England 2011 August 30, 2011

Concussed Gambhir to return home

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In a major setback for India, Gautam Gambhir has not yet recovered from his concussion and will return home. "He went to an eye specialist today and it seems he continues to suffer from concussion," Shivlal Yadav, the Indian team manager, said.

At Tuesday's media conference, MS Dhoni admitted that Gambhir's loss would be a big one. "He has done really well for us not only as an opening batsman but he has also batted at No. 3 when Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar have opened," he said. "He is one opener who also plays spin very well. It will be a big loss."

Gambhir hit his head on the ground while falling back attempting to catch Kevin Pietersen on the third day of the final Test at The Oval during England's first innings. He immediately left the field and was dropped down the batting order in both innings, but was clearly struggling with the injury and failed to make an impact, scoring 10 and 3 runs as India lost by an innings and eight runs. Gambhir's recovery took a further hit when a Stuart Broad bouncer on the final day hit him flush on the back of the helmet.

Doubts persisted over his availability for the solitary Twenty20 and one-day series but Gambhir travelled with the squad for the three practice matches. He, however, did not play in any of the three wins the Indians registered. On the eve of the T20 game against Leicester, Gambhir faced the fast bowlers in the nets and complained about failing to sight the ball clearly. Yadav had informed ESPNcricinfo that Gambhir would be visiting an eye specialist in Manchester.

According to Yadav, no replacement has been named yet and Dhoni would be speaking to the BCCI's top brass and the selectors on the subject.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • saurabh1900 on September 2, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    he will definitely play champions league

  • on September 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @Raju Sandhu: Mate...support Gambhir as and how much you want to...but why do you have to criticize Dhoni for these injuries? If you can think a bit, it was under Dhoni that Gambhir stabilized himself in the team..the 2007 t20 world cup and the following series were under MSD..it was then that GG stabilized himself..and speaking of close-in fielders, in India, always the opening batsmen stand in the close-in positions...starting from SS Das and Ramesh, Devang Gandhi, Laxman and Dravid their early parts of their career, Abhinav Mukund..there are some exceptions though...like Cheteshwar Pujara.. And in the matches when GG got hit on his hand at short leg..there was no Mukund of Pujara in the team..so Gambhir was the only one who could field at close-in.. Raina is a slip fielder and not a professional short leg or silly point fielder...

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on September 1, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    but i bet hes gonna play the champions league

  • on September 1, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @final authourity - people take 6 moths to recover from concussioun steyn was actually out for 2 weeks after that @pradeep bharadwaj totaly agree people here in india ust like to criticise

  • on September 1, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Shame on those who are saying bad about Gambhir, india won the t-20 world cup and icc world cup 2011 because of gambhir. India reached many times in the final and samifinals of world cup.but won only three times, because the gambir (serious or commited ) players like gautom gambhir and Kapil Dev.media was calling dhoni as a hero now what he doing in england? just watching footbal match. He was great in past because of some good players like gambhir. Dhoni is responsible for gambhir's injuries why he always put him on close catching postions always. Dhoni don't want to see him in the team. He only making room or raina and other players from csk ipl

  • on September 1, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    i dont understand why these people have to comment if they donot understand cricket.here is a guy who played with broken finger in south africa, played the most amazing innings in the final to win india the world cup and they question his credibility.any injury to the head especially a concussion takes a long time to heal.if he recovers in time he will definitely play in the champions league as KKR bought him for a very hefty price.whats wrong with that??gd luck to the gutsy gambhir.hope he recovers fast.he adds charm to whichever tournament he plays

  • dsig3 on September 1, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Sounds like he was hit by a car. I am no doctor though so I will have to trust whats reported. A few other Indians are probably wishing they had his concussion so they can get out of England. The beating for India isnt quite finished though, just a whole bunch of ODI's to go.....

  • Ms.Cricket on September 1, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Seriously I doubt Gambhir is keen to play - how can one stay concussed for so long? In one match Dale Steyn hit his head harder than Gambhir when taking a catch, was knocked out cold but recovered to play the next match. Is Gambhir really interested in playing for India or himself? Remember this is the player who played through IPL4 even though he was carrying an injury.

  • on August 31, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    seriously if any of the injured player who did not performed or played here is in CL, he should be banned from the national team....

  • zico123 on August 31, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    i think Gambhir wanted to go back, so that he can take some rest and prepare for Champions League, it is such a shame Gambhir, that you put your IPL team over India !! he should be dropped in next indian series as well for such attitude

  • saurabh1900 on September 2, 2011, 11:08 GMT

    he will definitely play champions league

  • on September 1, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @Raju Sandhu: Mate...support Gambhir as and how much you want to...but why do you have to criticize Dhoni for these injuries? If you can think a bit, it was under Dhoni that Gambhir stabilized himself in the team..the 2007 t20 world cup and the following series were under MSD..it was then that GG stabilized himself..and speaking of close-in fielders, in India, always the opening batsmen stand in the close-in positions...starting from SS Das and Ramesh, Devang Gandhi, Laxman and Dravid their early parts of their career, Abhinav Mukund..there are some exceptions though...like Cheteshwar Pujara.. And in the matches when GG got hit on his hand at short leg..there was no Mukund of Pujara in the team..so Gambhir was the only one who could field at close-in.. Raina is a slip fielder and not a professional short leg or silly point fielder...

  • Mcgrath-Dravid-Flintoff on September 1, 2011, 8:59 GMT

    but i bet hes gonna play the champions league

  • on September 1, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @final authourity - people take 6 moths to recover from concussioun steyn was actually out for 2 weeks after that @pradeep bharadwaj totaly agree people here in india ust like to criticise

  • on September 1, 2011, 7:32 GMT

    Shame on those who are saying bad about Gambhir, india won the t-20 world cup and icc world cup 2011 because of gambhir. India reached many times in the final and samifinals of world cup.but won only three times, because the gambir (serious or commited ) players like gautom gambhir and Kapil Dev.media was calling dhoni as a hero now what he doing in england? just watching footbal match. He was great in past because of some good players like gambhir. Dhoni is responsible for gambhir's injuries why he always put him on close catching postions always. Dhoni don't want to see him in the team. He only making room or raina and other players from csk ipl

  • on September 1, 2011, 5:52 GMT

    i dont understand why these people have to comment if they donot understand cricket.here is a guy who played with broken finger in south africa, played the most amazing innings in the final to win india the world cup and they question his credibility.any injury to the head especially a concussion takes a long time to heal.if he recovers in time he will definitely play in the champions league as KKR bought him for a very hefty price.whats wrong with that??gd luck to the gutsy gambhir.hope he recovers fast.he adds charm to whichever tournament he plays

  • dsig3 on September 1, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    Sounds like he was hit by a car. I am no doctor though so I will have to trust whats reported. A few other Indians are probably wishing they had his concussion so they can get out of England. The beating for India isnt quite finished though, just a whole bunch of ODI's to go.....

  • Ms.Cricket on September 1, 2011, 0:46 GMT

    Seriously I doubt Gambhir is keen to play - how can one stay concussed for so long? In one match Dale Steyn hit his head harder than Gambhir when taking a catch, was knocked out cold but recovered to play the next match. Is Gambhir really interested in playing for India or himself? Remember this is the player who played through IPL4 even though he was carrying an injury.

  • on August 31, 2011, 15:11 GMT

    seriously if any of the injured player who did not performed or played here is in CL, he should be banned from the national team....

  • zico123 on August 31, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    i think Gambhir wanted to go back, so that he can take some rest and prepare for Champions League, it is such a shame Gambhir, that you put your IPL team over India !! he should be dropped in next indian series as well for such attitude

  • zico123 on August 31, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    Gambhir has recently developed attitude problem, he showed that with the tremendous intensity with which he played IPL where he was captain, hiding injury, when he plays for India under Dhoni the same intensity is not seen in him, rightly so, his Test performance has severly dropped since his purple patch, he may be half fit, but i am sure he will play CL. he has to start putting India ahead of KKR

  • on August 31, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    @ Robin fans: are there anything or any means we could bring Utthappa in? I believe the fans should have some control on selection... I desperately want him back ....

  • on August 31, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Yes, I want to see robin open in both the forms.. Even when all the players get injured why is Robin cornered ? Y?

  • on August 31, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    I also would like to make a humble request, please bring Robin Uthappa. There are serious talents in India, don't make India's name go down in front of the world.

    Please bring Robin Uthappa, Pathan brothers etc. How are you planning to win without a proper opener or a hitter? Should India go down as they did in tests?

    One question if anyone could answer? If Robin gets going... Can anyone in India or elsewhere match his power??? It is high time to think..

  • Hraig on August 31, 2011, 12:33 GMT

    News jadeja is replacement for the Gambhir. Are selectors fool, even common man like us feel that Uthhapa or Irfan pathan willl be be the best choice. But god knows are they fit enough to play or not because now a days players tend only to play IPL like the case of RP Singh, he was not match fit before test match.

  • veerakannadiga on August 31, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Good luck Rahul Dravid on your T20 debut. All the best. I was hoping Robin Uthappa would be recalled to the team. Pray tell me somebody, why Ravindra Jadeja. If not Uthappa, why not Manish Pandey, Manoj Tiwary,Paul Valhatty,Abhishek Nair

  • on August 31, 2011, 11:04 GMT

    If I select the team I prefer two players without Hesitation. That two is Uthappa, The Striker and Irfan, The All rounder. Sri Kanth why u waste the one and only Pacer who have something with his Bat.(Irfan)

  • on August 31, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    yes...we want to see Robin Uttappa as opener in both t-20 as well as in ODIs, he can be yet another Sehwag in terms of taking the attack to oppostition and he is not weak against short balls.

  • on August 31, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    No more of murali Vijay Please, This is not IPL

  • stephenzac on August 31, 2011, 10:09 GMT

    Robin is d best option......n plz dont select Murli Vijay

  • asdfdsafsdfsdf on August 31, 2011, 10:04 GMT

    I think( manoj tiwary / dhawan/ dinesh kaartick ) could replace ghambhir

  • on August 31, 2011, 9:53 GMT

    I don't understand why the selectors has opt to p.partel why not robin in ipl he had fantastic strike rate of 150+ and what the hell is happening with bcci, why they don't ask the players to take rest from ipl its damaging indian cric, and that's we've seen the result 4-0 down vs eng, ipl its a game to test new players and also we dont want the player's who prefer to play ipl, any ways with that injuries new players got a chance to prove themselves.

  • on August 31, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    Please send Robin Uthappa in place of injured Gautam Gambhir to England ....this is my humble request to BCCI...don't ignore him

  • only4win on August 31, 2011, 9:17 GMT

    Eid mubarak to everyone here,so a new start for india, one thing for sure they will not play as bad as test matches here, because no team can play as bad as india played in test matches,leave it,lets think abt new start,on the place of gautam only one player deserves the place and that is Amabti rayudu,and if murali vijay is selected again..then there is really a big problem with indian cricket,and if it does happen then plz ask mr.srikanth why he is playing with the feelings of so crores of indian fans..an with the indian cricket,sir please leave this post of chief selector, and join the politics.AND I WANT TO MAKE A APPEAL TO EVERY CRICKET FAN..THAT WE ALL SHOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO BRING BCCI UNDER THE RTI ACT..because so much of emotions feelings,passion, money and time is being dedicated to cricket in our country..cricket is like a religion in our country..and the BCCI personnel are making fun of all these emotions passion n money of the country..and also these indian team players.

  • on August 31, 2011, 9:02 GMT

    Brng Uthappa.. This man can b groomed to play ODI's as Raina is nt making any recovery for a short ball spout.. My team aftr d GOD retires ll be.. Sehwag, Gauti, Kohli, Rohit, Yuvi, (Uthappa/Rahane), Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant, Praveen, one among these (Aaron, Munaf, Amit, R.P).. For ODI's this time.. SRT, Rahane, RD, kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina/Uthappa, Ashwin, Praveen, Ishant, Munaf!!!

  • MuraliVijay_DieHardFan on August 31, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    BRING ON MURALI VIJAY! he is the man to do the job!

  • samadchowki on August 31, 2011, 8:49 GMT

    don waste time...Get yusuf in team..

  • on August 31, 2011, 8:48 GMT

    replacing yusuf in place of gambhir will be a big gift of ramzaan for him.

  • on August 31, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    I cannot stress enough how seriously I think head injuries (however thoroughly checked out) should be treated by the cricketing community. I felt sickened when the commentary team made jibes about "leaving the pitch with a headache" - it is far, far more serious than that. Get well soon GG.

    And 0303? There is a vast difference between being well enough to wring a good 2 hours out of yourself, and 5 days of concentration when you have a concussion. You feel dizzy, sick, disoreiented and it hurts to concentrate for any length of time. Test Cricket is far more physically demanding, especially when you're hurt.

  • samadchowki on August 31, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    No doubt n confusion n replacement... its Yusuf..

  • on August 31, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    i think yusuf is the right option to replace gambhir even when he is not as a opener but can boost up the lower order,as we've seen the test series no one in the lower order had come up caption of captions ms.dhoni or raina no one but this man can do that

  • poderdubdubdub on August 31, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    I am shocked to read some of the comments where doubts are raised about Gambhir's injury. Cricket is not everything in life, have some human dignity please!

  • on August 31, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    Dinesh Karthik has shown that he is in form in buchi babu tournament... he is also fit for English conditions..please pick him...

  • 5wombats on August 31, 2011, 8:17 GMT

    @Nutcutlet & @Dravid_Grav - good to see you two playing nicely again. I'm only here because I turned off the Sri Lanka V Aus game; like watching paint drying :-( :-( :-( . In fact watching paint drying actually more interesting....

  • Gamester on August 31, 2011, 8:12 GMT

    Gautam Gambhir cannot handle pace in seaming wickets owing to his weakness on footwork and reflex issues. Also, he lacks the temperament to play big matches.

    These injuries are only a ploy to escape the heat; especially as he is not playing on docile Indian pitches where he is used to playing short of length deliveries outside the stumps and at the right height and at the right pace.

    I believe that we have already seen the last of Gautam Gambhir now that he has to struggle for retaining his Ranji place in the Delhi team.

  • on August 31, 2011, 7:54 GMT

    This is shameful from so-called indian 'fans'. All these guys saying players prefer club over country and that players should opt out of IPL, do they really believe BCCI would allow them to do so??? We have been hearing BCCI tell that players can ask for rest from international tourneys but never say that they can ask for rest from IPL.. And about gauti 'chickening' out.. this is disgraceful...he is never a player to hide away from anything...Dont pour scorn on someone who is down that too with a very serious injury... I never had been this ashamed to be an indian fan... Seriously we donot deserve these players

  • veerakannadiga on August 31, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    gautam get well soon. you cannot be blamed if you play the CL as you are under compulsion to play for KKR. fit or not.the system operates that way. As far as GG's replacement, the selectors should look no further than Robin Uthappa. He is a game changer and an impact player. He has the X factor. He is also multi dimesional..... batsman, keeper and also can roll his arm. Remeber the classic tie-breaker against Pak. As far as his domestic record, he has done well for Karnataka and South Zone as well as the challenger series. His IPL record is also good with a Strike rate of 150+.

  • ubl2729 on August 31, 2011, 7:40 GMT

    pls give a chance to uthappa he will defenatly do his job

  • sg05 on August 31, 2011, 7:35 GMT

    give chance to irfan and yousuf pathan

  • on August 31, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    There is already 4 openers in the squad, Parthiv, Sachin, Dravid and Rahane. Best options would be Saurabh Tiwary, Manish Pandey or Badrinath

  • AdnanKayani on August 31, 2011, 7:08 GMT

    He deserve the rest to be fully fit to play in all important champions League

  • cric7 on August 31, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth, the explosive opening batsman himself announced that he is the replacement for Gauti. Congrats Srikkanth. None better than you.

  • Nutcutlet on August 31, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @ Dravid_Gravitas: We may disagree over certain matters (and I'm still trying to get my head round the long-term benefits of the IPL!), but when it comes to the welfare of players, whoever they may be, or wherever they come from, we are in total agreement: I join with you in wishing GG a complete and speedy recovery under the best supervision. BTW, I don't know if you've noticed, but the more thoughtful and compassionate comments on posts here seem to come from people who have either experienced concussion or have some understanding of the seriousness of the condition. As a semi-retired teacher, it's second nature for me to prioritise the safety and welfare of those in my charge. This is a management issue (a teacher is a classroom manager, of course) and that is why I feel justified in pointing to the tour manager, Shivlal Yadaf, and regarding him as failing in his duty in this instance.The best to you - a genuine supporter of this greatest of all games, like myself.

  • 0303 on August 31, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    there is not any serious injury to gambhir........... they all (injured) players will ply in CLT20 ....... MY QUESTION IS IN THAT TOUNAMENT WHERE DID THESE KIND OF INJURIES WILL GO ? THey r makinf fool of the suppoters.

  • Chetan007 on August 31, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Rayudu should be given a chance. But, everyone knows who is going out to be the replacement for Gambhir. Ofcourse, it Murli Vijay. No matters even if he not score a single run in the series. He is being considered due to the chairman of selector. Enough is enough. Everyone is fed up with the selection of TN players except Ashwin. He is the only one deserving a place in the team. No one else. Either give a chance to Rayudu. If need little experience player, give a chance to Sourabh Tiwari. Since, opener is required and he could not open the innings.Better to opt for Uthappa. Though he doesn't deserve a place in the team. But due some experience selectors can opt for him.but he didn't played even in domestic circuit since fron January. So, I consider Rayudu instead of him. Selectors may give a chance to Manoj Tiwari who has performed well in the recent series in Australia.

  • on August 31, 2011, 6:08 GMT

    raj che...this is not fair ...i do think that if a proper chance given to pathan he is the best man as a hitter n also a good bowler who ca n pick some wicket tooo...as u have said thr is nothing about pathan what he will do when he sent down to 7 8 position tell me .if u r in place what wud u do

  • Baundele on August 31, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Want Uthappa. He has matured over time.

  • CandidIndian on August 31, 2011, 6:00 GMT

    Its possible that concussed Gambhir makes a grand return in high quality cricket tournament that is is CLt20 from greatest team in the world ,KKR of SRK.Having said that hard core Indian fans including me have no right to point fingers at him,after all he won world cup for us,which earned him the right to give priority to IPL and CLt20 till next WC.

  • CandidIndian on August 31, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Its possible that concussed Gambhir makes a grand return in high quality cricket tournament that is is CLt20 from greatest team in the world ,KKR of SRK.Having said that hard core Indian fans including me have no right to point fingers at him,after all he won world cup for us,which earned him the right to give priority to IPL and CLt20 till next WC.

  • CandidIndian on August 31, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Its possible that concussed Gambhir makes a grand return in high quality cricket tournament that is is CLt20 from greatest team in the world ,KKR of SRK.Having said that hard core Indian fans including me have no right to point fingers at him,after all he won world cup for us,which earned him the right to give priority to IPL and CLt20 till next WC.

  • prakash.prajay on August 31, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    i could expect A Raidu is the good batsman for guati replacment

  • PraPraPan on August 31, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    No Uthappa. He is a big failure. We need Ambatti Rayudu... It's cruelty that he is not there in the team. Miles better than Raina.

  • raj_che on August 31, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    Come on guys, Uthappa and Pathan have just not done any good to be even considered as a replacement. Pathan has'nt even played for his state side, on what basis do you want him in the team?? another in the mould of RP singh??? Uthappa?? for heaven sake this guy is good for nothing, what has he done in the domesitc circuit to be considered?? even in the international circuit he has not done any good to be considered based on previous performances. Yusuf pathan too has been given a hell lot of chances and has flunked consistently. I do not have any good replacement for gambhir, best to coninue with the present squad rather than looking for a replacement.

  • ramz_01 on August 31, 2011, 5:27 GMT

    Sourau ganguly is best replacement i think.bcz BCI need expirince players knw.datz y thy choose dravid also.go dada go....

  • on August 31, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    give chance to robin uthappa .he will be correct .....................

  • Gilli85 on August 31, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    Murali Vijay is the best replacement . Badri is also good option!! Uthapa need to prove himself in IPL first

  • Sravan619 on August 31, 2011, 5:06 GMT

    robin uhappa shud be a gud replacement

  • on August 31, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    get well soon Gauti....u r someone in the Dravid mold (team before self)...and we need guys like u in the team....

  • Logannzi on August 31, 2011, 4:57 GMT

    Other then the Irfan all others are not suitable for english condition.Irfan swing bowling and lower order batting will help India some how

  • on August 31, 2011, 4:49 GMT

    Brng Uthappa.. This man can b groomed to play ODI's as Raina is nt making any recovery for a short ball spout.. My team aftr d GOD retires ll be.. Sehwag, Gauti, Kohli, Rohit, Yuvi, (Uthappa/Rahane), Dhoni, Ashwin, Ishant, Praveen, one among these (Aaron, Munaf, Amit, R.P).. For ODI's this time.. SRT, Rahane, RD, kohli, Rohit, Dhoni, Raina/Uthappa, Ashwin, Praveen, Ishant, Munaf!!!

  • Romenevans on August 31, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    They always ignore Uthappa! They spoiled his career!

  • vivekk83 on August 31, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Finally Sense prevailed.. He should have been home moment he hit the ground in the 3rd test...I hope we treat cricketers as human beings first. Nausea and Blurred vision caused by concussion can be quite troublesome... Even though there are no injuries, it could take 2-3 weeks to subside...When you are sick, it helps to have your near and dear ones around around and the team i jaded with tours after tours....If Gauti is fit by champions league; i hope people don't start writing comments about being a traitor and so on...These guys aren't playing cricket for charity, they have a limited time period to earn all their monies. So i wouldn't blame gauti, if he is fit and he plays. Well as long BCCI runs the IPL and CL; the selectors cannot take hard decisions like the case of Gayle....I hope IPL and CL come to an end soon for the good of cricket.. else, club vs country debate will continue even if the case is genuine

  • niksaims on August 31, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Only Yusuf Pathan can scare the England attack. Bring Yusuf Pathan back and then ask Staurt Broad, Anderson, Bresnan and Mr. Swann to bowl to him.. before that show them the highlight of what he did to Steyn and Co. in South Africa.

    Only Yusuf and Only Yusuf can save team India right now.... Hope so selectors are reading these comments..!!!!

  • on August 31, 2011, 4:29 GMT

    yusuf pathan will be the best replacement, world cricket saw his match winning abilities twice last season. He is the only one left in indian reserves who can change the game in two or three overs.

  • on August 31, 2011, 4:11 GMT

    bring back yusuf... he won matches for us against newzeland and south africa......... he could raise the confidence level of india, and he will reduce the confidence level of english bowlers with his hits....

  • on August 31, 2011, 4:09 GMT

    bring back yusuf... he won matches for us against newzeland and south africa......... he could raise the confidence level of india, and he will reduce the confidence level of english bowlers with his hits....

  • rahulcricket007 on August 31, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    @ZSALEEM . YOU CALLED GAMBHIR FLAT TRACK BULLY . YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT IN THE SA TOUR HE HIT 3 HALF CENTURIES IN 2 TESTS (80, 94 , 53). ALSO HE HAS A GOOD AUSTRALIAN ODI SERIES LAST TIME IN AUSTRALIA 2007-08 WHERE HE HITS A BILLIANT CENTURY 113 (ALTHOUGH THE MATCH WAS LOST BY 16 RUNS)IN SYDNEY. HE WAS THE HIGHEST SCORER FOR INDIA IN T2O WC 2007 IN SA . ONE BAD SERIES THAT TOO AFFECTED BECAUSE HE IS NOT FULY FIT IN FIRST AND FOURTH MATCHES AND YOU ARE CALLING THIS GUY BAKWAS BATSMEN . I WOULD LIKE TO SEE HOW MANY PAK BATSMEN WILL SCORE 3 HALFCENTURIES WHEN THEY TOUR SA .

  • on August 31, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    yusuf pathan Definetely should be an replacement for gautam.......INshallah this eid bring him this good news.

  • yuvrajvignesh on August 31, 2011, 3:51 GMT

    replacing murali vijay is useless.. because we already gave lot of opportunity.... so replace robin uthaapa in that place... i think it ll give good value ..:)

  • on August 31, 2011, 3:47 GMT

    pls give a chance to uthappaaa

  • ThatzMyView on August 31, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    Please select ROBIN UTHAPPA for no reason hez ignored, if raina can fail 10's of matches in a row and still stay in playing 11 whatz wrong with uthappa??!!

  • on August 31, 2011, 3:02 GMT

    Manish Pandey is correct replc....if not Murali Vijay.......lower order stammina is their...yusuf,irfan,other al dont think......

  • on August 31, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    robin uthappa or one among the pathan brothers should be given a chance

  • on August 31, 2011, 2:39 GMT

    please bring back irfy meant irfan pathan

  • 9ST9 on August 31, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    Missing Gambhir will be a big blow for the ODI series, BUT for T20's that shouldn't be the issue. This is the land of IPL we are talking about. There should be lots of good young players very well adapted to T20. After all that was a key goal of the IPL(to give exposure to indian young players) wasnt it?

  • Vinod on August 31, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Since India doesn't have any attacking player, it is time to bring back Robin Uthappa.

  • shail2577 on August 31, 2011, 2:12 GMT

    as per me this should be the team: 1. Rahane 2. Tendulkar 3. Dravid 4. Rohit Sharma 5. Virat Kohli 6. MS Dhoni 7.R Ashwin 8. Pravin Kumar 9. Munaf Patel 10. Aaron 11. Raina ( Bcoz he can be used as part time spinner)

  • sandeepknk on August 31, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    Bring back Yuvraj he is ok now,his finger is ok now,otherwise India will be whitewashed again.do not pick someone for usual procedure.only yuvi can compensate the lose of gambir and sewag.

  • rapidstar on August 31, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    I feel sorry for Gambhir, I wish him a speedy recovery. Regarding Dravid's inclusion... I think it's a smart move. In tests no one could read the ball well other than Dravid. He did decent in the IPL.So, I expect him to do well in the short format. There is no point in sending the inexperienced IPL players to play in England's fast tracks, they will fail. Hence India is playing experienced players. I wish the team India all the best, forget the test series, time to take the revenge in the short format.

  • on August 31, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    Sorry to hear about Gambir, I wish him a speedy recovery, hope to see him back to his old self again.

  • on August 31, 2011, 1:51 GMT

    I guess, Irfan Pathan should be replaced in place of Gambhir as India needs a Genuine All-rounder very badly. We have already quality 7 batsmen in Squad and now only requirement for upcoming matches would be a GOOD All-rounder. Thanks. Kasim Raj

  • on August 31, 2011, 1:27 GMT

    OMg India---I am a West Indian fan ....Y play Dravid in a T20 now... this man doing great in Test y put him in a T20 ...what happen to all of the IPL stars.....India in PANIC MODE ALERT! ALERT! Remember the 186 to chase in 67 overs vs the WI Alert ! Alert!

  • on August 31, 2011, 1:25 GMT

    Saurav Ganguly should come back:O if Dravid can WHY NOT DADA? (i wish:(

  • SHAHILLL on August 31, 2011, 1:09 GMT

    GO PATHAN GO ! Let him to do open the innings ! I'm sure that He will be sure to perform in 2 or 3 matches out of 5 and release the maximum pressure for middle orders

    WE ARE REALLY WASTING SUCH DEVASTATING TELNET WHICH EVERY TEAM ARE LOOKING FOR...........There are plenty of example In World cricket as similar to Pathan ....... LOOK SHAHID AFRIDI , SANATH JAYASURIYA , CHRIS CAIRNS, KALU WITHARNA, RICARDO POWELL, CHRIS GAYLE .............THOSE ARE QUITE SUCCESSFUL BECAUSE BOOSTED THEM THOUGH FAILURE...........WHY INDIA IS NOT GIVING PROPER CHANCE TO HIM ? It can not be decided his future for 1 or 2 matches,

  • here2rock on August 31, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Murali Vijay should be in the side, better than all the rest of the younger guys.

  • AvidCricFan on August 31, 2011, 0:55 GMT

    Of all choices, I don't think Karthik is a good choice. Karthik has been given enough chances and failed to do good consistently in demanding conditions. Uthapa should get a second look. Ashwin should be groomed into bowling allrounder.

  • on August 31, 2011, 0:52 GMT

    I believe bringing in either Dhawan, Rahane, Vijay or Pandey should be best as Gauti's replacement. Vijay seems to be a plausible option despite his recent failure in Windies..... When in action, he can really get going when he gets the right tempo... Manish Pandey is also a talent tat should get exposure....

  • on August 30, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    @crikbuff: you are correct. Gambhir and all Indian Players will be very much fit to play only for IPL and Champion League... That should be more than enough for them, the borad and IPL Franchise owners...

  • srijsen on August 30, 2011, 23:49 GMT

    Will GG play CL T20? that will answer a lot of questions and clear all doubts

  • Deepak_Toronto on August 30, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA : OPENER,CAN KEEP THE WICKETS,HARD HITTER,EXPERIENCED AND PROVEN TRACK RECORD AGST INTERNATIONAL TEAMS

  • US_Indian on August 30, 2011, 23:43 GMT

    I dont understand why Uthappa, Rayudu are finding favors with the selectors, what else they should do to prove they are both technically correct, with right attitude, and flamboyance needed for ODI's. Even Valthatty can be tried but he has not yet proved much so Uthappa and Rayudu deserve a place either at the top of the order or middle order, I doubt Raina, Yuvraj are that capable in difficult conditions. Manish pandey or Manoj tiwary also can be tried.You have dinesh kartick too instead of parthive patel.

  • US_Indian on August 30, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    Guys i see so many people putting Sehwag's name and he is already back home because he was rushed half fit and also he cant play genuine fast bowling that combined with swing is not his forte anyways. Anyway try new guys.

  • on August 30, 2011, 23:37 GMT

    Gambhir is chickening out?

  • on August 30, 2011, 23:08 GMT

    Yusuf pathan must be brought in as gambir's replacement. It appears india is missing the allround and looks set to be playing with long tail. May be dangerous!. All rounders make the difference in shorter version. If pathan clicks on the day, the win is sure.

  • NRI- on August 30, 2011, 23:00 GMT

    Arya 01, I thought Sehwag is also injured. Rahane, not Patel, should open with Tendulkar. Rahane's first class avg is 68, Patel is like Yuvraj or Raina - never likely to become a true test batsman - at best some quick 30's and 40's in 20-20. PK, Munaf + Aaron or Vinay Kumar plus Ashwin and an allrounder. Rohit should bat at no 3 or 4 and ahead of Kohli and Dhoni, both of whom he outclassed in WI ODI's.

  • citizenkc on August 30, 2011, 22:57 GMT

    Something sad has happened to Indian cricket. The IPL has really poisoned the atmosphere. We no longer believe or trust our players. Because they all seem so willing to play in the IPL and then get injured or avoid tours, we have become cynical about their loyalties. It appears to the ordinary fan that they only care about money. Likewise, when they get injured, we can only make cynical comments about how they will be back when the money beckons. I wish our main players would avoid the IPL and bring back some trust to the relationship between fans and players.. The precious two months of the IPL is a time to recover. Look how long the Aussies and the South Africans are resting their players. Let the BCCI provide the financial incentive for test and emerging players to avoid the IPL. If the Yusuf Pathans and the Saurabh Tiwarys and the Rainas want to play in the IPL, let them, but protect our best/test players.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 30, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    @Nutcutlet, it's getting very embarrassing for me as an Indian to come on to cricinfo and see the discussions about replacement players and how Gambhir will be fit for IPL, CL etc etc.. when he has returned home not that his nail is broken but because he suffered a potentially life-changing concussion. This is basically cold-hearted and insensitive behaviour of the worst kind imaginable. Unimaginable! The staff responsible to look after Gambhir's condition should be ashamed of themselves for letting him bat even in the first innings of the final test. This is stone-age behaviour from the team management to the Indian Cricket 'fans'.

  • on August 30, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    @crikbuff,... next IPL you must be kidding folks, he will be fit for next CL which is going to be on 19th of September 2011.

  • HyderabadiFlick on August 30, 2011, 22:20 GMT

    Robin Uthappa or Irfan Patan is the answer.

  • on August 30, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    For those who do not know anything about concussions, I suggest this : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001802/

  • crikbuff on August 30, 2011, 21:30 GMT

    Don't worry pls... Gambhir will be fit to play the next IPL.

  • on August 30, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    1. P Patel 2. S Tendulkar 3. V Kohli 4. R Sharma 5. R Dravid 6. MS Dhoni 7. S Raina 8. R Ashwin 9. P Kumar 10. V Aaron 11. M Patel .....Replacement of G Gambhir is not necessarily the opner as ANYONE can open nobody is going to make much difference. Far shot have never actually seen this guy but what about Bhuvneshwar Kumar from Uttar Pradesh/Pune Warriors. Play that guy as Joker may be cant bat well or cant bowl well...or even both or RAVINDRA JADEJA (5th bowler/7th batsmen)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 30, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    What a sad end for Gambhir's tour. I really hope and wish there isn't any life changing concussion. Let's pray he recovers completely without any neurological deficits. I'm deeply saddened with this news.

  • Arya_01 on August 30, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    India: (possible) 1 Parthiv Patel, 2 Rahul Dravid, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt / wk), 7 Amit Mishra, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 Munaf Patel, 11 R Vinay Kumar

    this is perfect T20 squad

  • NickNookie on August 30, 2011, 20:51 GMT

    Speaking as someone still suffering 5 months after a very similar concussion I'd urge some of those making negative comments to get better informed. These things can take anything from a few days to many months to recover from, and noone really knows why some take longer than others. So it is possible he might be genuinely fit for champions league, though all the batting, fitness tests and being hit on the head by an 89 mph bouncer when he should have been in bed was seriously dangerous and make this rather less likely - the Indian medical team should hang their heads in shame for letting him play on. For those interested in finding out more a google search for 'post concussion syndrome royal psychiatry' turns up the best article I have found on the subject as the first result.

  • Arya_01 on August 30, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    I think the lineup should be : Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli, Raina, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Ashwin, Mishra, Praveen Kumar, Ishant, Munaf.

  • shamlaatu on August 30, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Don't they already have one of most stylish and pleasing to the eye, Prithiv Patel there? What better option is out there?

  • MaruthuDelft on August 30, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    No one is proposing Badri. Unfortnately he didn't get going in Windies. Why should we waste badri's talent for over next 5 years. There is no point in rushing 22 year olds; they will loose interest by 30; everybody is not Tendulkar; bring in players between 27 and 32.

  • harshizzle5 on August 30, 2011, 20:29 GMT

    .@landl47, its not a curse, just overworked players.

    I would love to see Badrinath come in but I really dont think that would happen

  • kalyanbk on August 30, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    Manish Pandey for technique, Paul Valthaty/Robin Uthappa for the X factor or Dinesh Karthik for previous experience.

  • Nutcutlet on August 30, 2011, 20:13 GMT

    The concern for Gambhir's condition and ongoing treatment seems to be the overriding topic of the majority of Indians from these comments. I am being sarcastic. I cannot imagine English supporters (or supporters from many other countries, come to that) behaving in such an insensitive way towards anyone. Your attitude is nothing short of callous. What has happened to your common sense of decency and ability to sympathise with someone who has suffered a very unpleasant accident? This tells me something about Indian cricket fans that I'd rather not have known.

  • Ramesh_Joseph on August 30, 2011, 20:11 GMT

    Ambati Rayudi...Even if he may not be in the playing eleven he has earned to be in the sqad. All the best to Team India...Chak De India..Cmon

  • on August 30, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    all exept indians want india lose,all but only csk supporters alone have recognized the talent of Vijay,badri,ashwin this mindset will not take india anywhere.for godsake csk has been the champs for 2times now and if india want to move forward it has to accept vijay and badri(not yet late)

  • STARFISH14 on August 30, 2011, 19:47 GMT

    i think rayudu would be a better replacement for gambhir

  • on August 30, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    yousuf phatan play middle order to blance the indian without big players

  • on August 30, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    Irfan is not our Shane Watson; he's our Steven Smith. Can't ball or bat. Well, bad comparison. At least, Smith has an athletic built.

  • on August 30, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    Dinesh Karthick should be selected as replacement for gauti. If the same policy of RP Singh is taken DK should be selected on the basis of his previous series 2007 performance.

  • riyaz28 on August 30, 2011, 19:36 GMT

    Manish Pandey is the best replacement......he can open innings or he can play in the middle order...he is a hard hitter of the ball, he will play a crutial in an up coming odi's....

  • landl47 on August 30, 2011, 19:24 GMT

    Gambhir is a class player and I hope his injury is given proper treatment and he is allowed to rest and recuperate. India is going to need him desperately over the next 5 years. I have to say that this Indian team seems to be carrying a curse around- that's 6 players now (Zaheer, Sehwag, Bhaji, Yuvraj, Ishant and Gambhir) who have had to leave the tour. The only good thing is that it gives some of the younger players a chance to step up and get some exprience of international cricket. I'm looking forward to seeing some new faces.

  • cricketdude11 on August 30, 2011, 19:23 GMT

    A. Rayudu or S. Tiwary...two players that can stand up and bat. If India really want to get an aggressive batsman, it yusuf pathan.

  • Aditya255 on August 30, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I think the lineup should be : Sehwag, Tendulkar, Kohli/Badrinath, Yuvraj, Raina, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Ashwin/Mishra, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Ishant/Munaf. Kohli has done well in tour matches and Ashwin good off spinner, or Mishra for leg spin. Reckon Dhoni should go for Munaf and see how he does in these pitches.

  • Andhravala on August 30, 2011, 19:04 GMT

    Ambati Rayadu is a better replacement.. he is been playing lot of good cricket

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    ambati raydu will be right choice

  • kancnaic on August 30, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    The fans easily forget how Vijay played in the last West Indies tour.Try Irfan Pathan as an opener.He is our Shane Watson.He will shine atleast either in batting or in bowling.I do not know why he is neglected eventhough he is superior to most of the players in the current Indian team itself.

  • kancnaic on August 30, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    The fans easily forget how Vijay played in the last West Indies tour.Try Irfan Pathan as an opener.He is our Shane Watson.He will shine atleast either in batting or in bowling.I do not know why he is neglected eventhough he is superior to most of the players in the current Indian team itself.

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:45 GMT

    Majoj Tiwari should get a chance. He got the technique to play swing... technically much better than many of batsmen in current Indian squad @Sandeep Pathak Dinesh Karthik is the worst keeper and he was never been specialist batsman. We should not look back

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Gambhir doesn't fancy any more short stuff, so he's going back to his comfort zone.. not a good sign for a potential future India captain!

  • drsamprasad on August 30, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    If he turns up to play the champions league in 20 odd days, he will lose the respect he earned till now!!! County over country!

  • CricketChat on August 30, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    Unfortunate that Gambhir had to return, even though I think his aura is over. It would be good to blood Paul Valtathy who did so well in IPL-4. I hope neither M Vijay nor Badri would be selected though.

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:36 GMT

    ROBIN UTHAPPA WILL BE THE BEST REPLACEMENT..GO FOR HIM.

  • Scrop on August 30, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    Yusuf ? You must be joking. He is no good half the times on Indian deck itself if the bowlers bang in short.

    I think the replacement should either R. Uthappa or M. Tiway or A. Rayudu or S. Tiwary.

  • Sarthak1305 on August 30, 2011, 18:31 GMT

    A bit obvious that he was sent home and kudos to gambhir to come out and bat in both the innings with a serious injury on top of that getting hit at the back of the head shows ur mettle and determination. I hope he gets well soon. @Madhumita Sharma: batting with a concussed head and bowling with a broken jaw are two different things and he did bat in BOTH the innings. I just hope Indian selectors send a sensible replacement

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    In the spirit of the expression, bend the iron while it is hot, India's SOS should be for Paul Valthaty!

  • Ahsan_Shere on August 30, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Go GG!! get fit for next year's IPL season!

  • sachintndy200 on August 30, 2011, 18:18 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should have given a chance here....................!!!

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    I think YUSUF PATHAN will be best replacement for GAMBHIR .He has scored two centuries at no.7 in pressure situations with his DEVASTATING STROKEPLAY AND HITTING.He can change the results.

  • bumsonseats on August 30, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    i always thought u could not fly with concussion, i hope the guys gets better.dpk

  • sachintndy200 on August 30, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    Robin Uthappa should be the best replacement..................!!!!!

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:13 GMT

    Hope Ambati Rayudu gets a chance....

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    Please send uthappa as a replacement, He will face the fast bowlers with no fear and can handle the fast bowlers well.....

  • Nampally on August 30, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    I am glad that India finallymade themove - Better late than Never.Concussions are getting serious attention after a number of sportsmen in different sports had consussions as a result of head injuries.I can quote the example of a Canadian baseball player Morneau who dived head first iinto the knee of the fielder on the second base. He was pulled out of game due to concussion, last year. He has just returned to the game last month.. So Gambhir might be out for months, depending upon the extent of injury.He has a slim chance of being fit forthe Aussie tour.As for the replacement my advise to Dhoni and the Indian selectors is to go for an economic and puzzling leg spinners of tall Rahul Sharma. He bowls fast leg breaks with lot of bounce - bit like Chandrasheker.He is very accurate & economical. Knowing English weakness against spin, he is ideally suited for ODI's.. Kaif, Utappa,Kartick, C.Pujara, Y.Pathan & Yuvraj are alternate choices in batting. But India needs a Wkt. taking bowler.

  • on August 30, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    Many comments seem to be based on inadequate understanding of what "concussion" is and what its impact is on the person suffering from it. Can some really knowledgeable person, please clarify. Otherwise many of us will be making unwarranted comments on one of our best and dedicated cricketers. Can Cricinfo itself get the right picture on this problem from medical experts and publish it... please.That is the minimum, you can do to help fans see things in the right perspective. If Gambhir happens to get well, just before the IPL, I can imagine all sort of nasty comments flying around maligning a man, who perhaps need some understanding and not barbs bordering cruelty.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    i think the best replacement for gambhir is yousuf pathan, i think he is the only one who can win a match for India on tough situations and he can also bat on tough wickets like in S.A

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    KAIF should have given a chance here

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @pandyan - ridicoulus how could he have prevented concussioun and it is a disease which takes 2 -3 weeks to recover and by champs league he will be fit we should pray that he gets well soon and he is the person who has won u thw world t20 final in 2007 and the WORLD CUP 2011 FINAL replacement @nutcullet - ya really we need to see what is the injury detection system first zaheer - two weeks after injury and now gambhir 10 days after injury

  • test_cricket_lover on August 30, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster, I agree with you one hundred percent. The two-month break in the middle of the season is to rest and rejuvenate, but our players are spending it the IPL which consumes plenty of energy. The result of which players are rocked by injuries when the season begins. It's very surprising - and saddening at the same time - that even the tallest run scorer in Test cricket chose to play in IPL and gave up the WI tour that followed. Clarke and Ponting have kept themselves away from such things. Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne retired when they were still playing well ! In doing so, they have kept their spirits, country spirits and cricket spirits up.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    robin the best replacement!

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:50 GMT

    Hmm..Goodness me.. He was all the way down ith the team from the end of that DISASTROUS last test match,, and even all the funny practise games.. and now they have showed the EXIT door.. Its really too BAD from Selectors:(:(

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    @ Madhumita Sharma

    Do you even realize what a concussion is, or how serious it can be? Concussions can be career enders, with their repercussions felt for a long time in life, including trouble with eyesight, early onset of dementia, increased risk of stroke and brain damage. Young, super-fit football players get concussions during games and complain about losing feeling in their extremities later in life. Gambhir's condition is serious, and it is the team management's fault that he wasn't sent back home immediately. It is widely known in concussion situations that the player's word is never to be taken in these matters as it is an affliction of which the player himself is not completely aware of. Only MRIs and an experienced neurologist can diagnose this. And if it is a full-blown concussion, Gambhir needs to be taken care of for at least the next six months. Getting a concussion is not a matter of fitness, unlike say a strain. Can you help it if you break your hand? Same with this.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    Gambhir went home in order to be 100% fit for Champions League. A BITTER TRUTH.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:43 GMT

    he may have omitted his name fron national team to be fit to play champions league qualifiers........... money talks!!!!!!!!!

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Well, a big loss, but now I hope to see Dravid open. Even if Gambhir were playing, I'd have rather seen Dravid open with SRT. The man is experienced (yes, intended understatement), can negotiate with the new ball (and again) and can hold the wicket at the other end ( ... again) while SRT can be the aggressor. This could give Rahane the chance to play at three or four, depending on Kohli. Unless of course, India choose to go with 6-5, which seems to unlikely considering the batting issues with the Indians. My XI for 7-4: RD, SRT, Kohli, Rahane, Sharma, MSD, Raina, Ashwin, PK, Sree, Ishant. For 6-5 (unlikely, though), Mishra or a pacer (very unlikely) could come in for Rahane. Although, it shouldn't be neglected that Parthiv is decent form and does a great job scoring brisk 35-40 runs with remarkable consistency. He might get a shot ahead of Rahane, and deservedly so; in that case, he can open with SRT, while RD at three. Really patchy form was GG was making things harder for India.

  • sunnysaket on August 30, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    Try Rayudu...atleast now. Sachin\patel for opening.

  • Pandyan on August 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Now we can see his actual dedication towards the country for which he is playing for, lets see how he plays for KKR in Champions League with the injury or is he going home to get well soon for getting ready to play for KKR in Champions League which is important for him?

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:23 GMT

    Send Either M Vijay or R Uthappa as replacement for opener or even select S Badhrinath.

  • KrazyCricketKid on August 30, 2011, 17:20 GMT

    Manoj Tiwari should replace Gautam Gambhir. Not Shikhar Dhawan!

  • East_West on August 30, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    Too bad for us, but he better get it checked! As for Mr Z Saleem, yeah! he has been mouthy about players from your lovable country (esp Afridi et al. ). For people like that kind, Gambhir is the best answer from India! There was a time, Indians were too passive and neighbors used to walk over us but not Gambhir kind!! Virat is in the mold of Gambhir too!!

  • Nutcutlet on August 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Whilst wishing Gambhir a speedy and complete recovery, I would hope that MSD in his report to the top brass at the BCCI asks them to request the immediate resignation of Shivlal Yadav for putting the life of Gambhir at risk by allowing him to participate in a net practice (facing fast bowlers, no less!) at Leicester. This is a very serious matter and can't be brushed under the carpet. Such ignorance about head injuries is a damming indictment of the manager's first reponsibility - that of the safety and welfare of his team.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    ha ha why did he made that catch so complicated, I did not understand. Since then he is not showing any interest to play the game anymore. I salute Anil Kumble when he broke his jaw and came to play against West Indies. That is what is missing with Gambhir, I feel he do not much work on his fitness. He is not as agile as Sachin, Raina and others. Even Yuvaraj to catch up a lot of weight and he too is not looking in great shape. I feel fitness training is wanted with Indian team more than anything else. I do not agree it is due to excess cricket bcoz they are professionals. Player has the choice to play which format. So, playing all the formats will always make a player injured prone if a particular player is not training well with his fitness. So, I am happy that Gambhir is finally returning back and he should be given a long break. He should be selected again until he feels very desperate to get into side. Until then he should be given time to recover and play ranji trophy for while

  • KrazyCricketKid on August 30, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan should be the replacement opener!

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Knowing the selectors, someone like Karthik or Murali Vijay will be called up. But this is the perfect opportunity to call Mukund up. His List A stats are even more impressive than his First Class stats.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Gambhir to miss ODI Series" but.................. he will be fit for champions league... ha ha ha... jaaago India.... they not playing for country they playing fo money....

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I think Rayudu Should Given a chance....

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    'Gambhir faced "fast" bowlers in the nets... '.. Fast bowlers who??

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 30, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Such a LATE decision by the BCCI. Seriously, are these guys living under a rock ?? Gambhir should have been on a flight home following the 4th test. Instead they kept the poor guy in England, made him bat in the nets. God forbid, I hope he hasn't aggravated his concussion. Such injuries can be nasty and life changing. I also would be VERY VERY upset if Gambhir chose to play in the champions' league. I cannot tolerate hypocrisy of any nature. Certainly most Indian players are like that; they would prefer club over country any day. Sad times indeed.

  • WPDDESILVA on August 30, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Things have gone bad to worse for the Indians!!

  • Z.Saleem on August 30, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    I really never liked this guy, as he has been to mouthy about players around the World. Come on Gambhir just go home!!!! Virat Kohli should have played the last match but don't know why Dhoni played with this out of form or even bakwas (flat track) batsman! I am very sure that Kohli will be the highest run scorer for India in the ODI series!

  • on August 30, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Now please send Dinesh Karthik in. He was the most successful opener in the last tour India had here.

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  • on August 30, 2011, 16:50 GMT

    Now please send Dinesh Karthik in. He was the most successful opener in the last tour India had here.

  • Z.Saleem on August 30, 2011, 16:57 GMT

    I really never liked this guy, as he has been to mouthy about players around the World. Come on Gambhir just go home!!!! Virat Kohli should have played the last match but don't know why Dhoni played with this out of form or even bakwas (flat track) batsman! I am very sure that Kohli will be the highest run scorer for India in the ODI series!

  • WPDDESILVA on August 30, 2011, 16:58 GMT

    Things have gone bad to worse for the Indians!!

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 30, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    Such a LATE decision by the BCCI. Seriously, are these guys living under a rock ?? Gambhir should have been on a flight home following the 4th test. Instead they kept the poor guy in England, made him bat in the nets. God forbid, I hope he hasn't aggravated his concussion. Such injuries can be nasty and life changing. I also would be VERY VERY upset if Gambhir chose to play in the champions' league. I cannot tolerate hypocrisy of any nature. Certainly most Indian players are like that; they would prefer club over country any day. Sad times indeed.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:04 GMT

    'Gambhir faced "fast" bowlers in the nets... '.. Fast bowlers who??

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:06 GMT

    I think Rayudu Should Given a chance....

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Gambhir to miss ODI Series" but.................. he will be fit for champions league... ha ha ha... jaaago India.... they not playing for country they playing fo money....

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    Knowing the selectors, someone like Karthik or Murali Vijay will be called up. But this is the perfect opportunity to call Mukund up. His List A stats are even more impressive than his First Class stats.

  • KrazyCricketKid on August 30, 2011, 17:12 GMT

    Shikhar Dhawan should be the replacement opener!

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    ha ha why did he made that catch so complicated, I did not understand. Since then he is not showing any interest to play the game anymore. I salute Anil Kumble when he broke his jaw and came to play against West Indies. That is what is missing with Gambhir, I feel he do not much work on his fitness. He is not as agile as Sachin, Raina and others. Even Yuvaraj to catch up a lot of weight and he too is not looking in great shape. I feel fitness training is wanted with Indian team more than anything else. I do not agree it is due to excess cricket bcoz they are professionals. Player has the choice to play which format. So, playing all the formats will always make a player injured prone if a particular player is not training well with his fitness. So, I am happy that Gambhir is finally returning back and he should be given a long break. He should be selected again until he feels very desperate to get into side. Until then he should be given time to recover and play ranji trophy for while